Punjab Government signs on to establish open university in Patiala

Cabinet meeting at Batala by Chief Minister Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh

The Punjab Government today signed on to establish the Jagat Guru Nanak Dev Punjab Open University. It is going to be situated at Patiala, Punjab. Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh acted as the head of the meeting, which was held in Batala town, Gurudaspur district on the auspicious 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

The spokesperson on the behalf of CMO stated that “The decision to set up the open university is in line with the global shift in the nature of education, with more students pursuing online courses through distance education. Such Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are becoming popular worldwide, thus prompting the state government to also follow suit.”

It is clear that the University is going to open a lot of doors for the students of the state. It’ll help in granting opportunities to students who don’t have access to higher education. The university’s aim is to provide education to all the member of the public, including women and nonresidents without bias, and to promote open and distance learning as a way to continue one’s education.

The representative account of chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh made the announcement on its official twitter account, stating, “As part of the state government’s commemoration of the #550thPrakashPurb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji, the Punjab Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister @capt_amarinder Singh okayed the establishment of the “Jagat Guru Nanak Dev Punjab State Open University” at Patiala.”

A bill, scheduled to be presented in the upcoming Assembly session, will hopefully carry the process of the establishment of the university, forward.


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